Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The persistance of culture

A reader at Strange Maps comments on this map:

“I looked at this map and thought, hmmm…where have I seen this divide before? Looks very familiar. This isn’t just some urban/rural, professional/worker, white-wine-and-brie/beer-and-sausages thing!”

Mr Hecht did some overlay work, and came up with this remarkable fit: “The divide between the (more free-market) PO and the (more populist) PiS almost exactly follows the old border between Imperial Germany and Imperial Russia, as it ran through Poland! How about that for a long-lasting cultural heritage?!?”

I expect those more familiar with Polish history would not find this surprising, in the same way that I don't find this map surprising at all:

I believe it was William Faulkner who said, "The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."

1 comment:

Heather said...

Wow -- just, wow. I'm really struck by the second map (and now I've got another blog to add to my RSS feeds). Thanks for posting this!